I am making this comment as equality is a big topic currently and rightly so.
I passionately believe that the wattage badges are not equal, are discriminatory and should be changed. I emailed Zwift and they suggested it was posted on here, they say they will look at it too.
These badges are without doubt discriminatory to lighter riders, who will be typically female or racial types like Japanese, South Korean.
For example an average Japenese female weighs 53kg. To hit 1000w and get the reward badge she needs to generate nearly 19 wkg- HUGE number.
The average US male weighs 89kg- he only needs to generate 11wkg still a big number but not HUGE.
For context I looked up Peter Sagan- his final sprint in a race would be 1500w. At his 78kg weight that gives him 19wkg- HUGE, but he’s a pro and the worlds NO1 sprinter.
So to get this badge reward Zwift are asking a typically female or lighter racial type to match wkg with Sagan? but your typical US male club rider, can take it a lot easier and has a reasonable chance with his 11wkg.
A simple change would be to make the “reward” badges a max wkg.
Everyone who plays the game, pays the same subscription then has the same opportunity to get the reward. This is how it should be.
Leave it at 20wkg if thats the benchmark, but that at least gives the 53kg rider the same challenge as the 89kg rider.
I cannot see how this would disadvantage anyone, and is without doubt inclusive.
I have had some chatter on this on facebook, but apart from negative comments from heavier guys, who go off on tangents about how they have to struggle with the Alpe in under an hour badge ( I pointed out you need 3.6-3.7wkg for this, so not impossible and is fair) NO-ONE has come up with a valid reason why the change to wkg would be more unfair than as it stands now.
Please comment if you agree or not, if you dont agree, please dont get aggressive or state belittling comments like- “So you just want everyone to get a badge, thats the trouble with schools these days…” or “The worlds not fair get over it” Please explain why you dont think it should be changed, or if you agree it should. Thank you and Ride On.